Businessmen nabbed exhuming corpse for ritual

Three businessmen from Onitsha, Anambra State that needed money making charms to prosper in their trade, were among six persons arrested by the Police while exhuming a corpse at Boji-Boji Agbor cemetery in Ika South local government area of Delta State.

The State Police Commissioner, Mr. Charles Akaya, gave their names as Chinezie Onyeka, Chukuemeka Eze and Chukwudi Anekpe, while their accomplices were identified as Friday Ukata (native doctor), Joseph Onyema (grave digger) and Solomon Ojunbor (cemetery attendant).

Akaya told Daily Sun that preliminary investigations revealed that Onyeka, Eze and Anekpe were businessmen in Onitsha and they needed some money-making charms to prosper their business. As a result, someone directed then to Agbor where they met Onyema who allegedly introduced them to Ukata, a herbalist.

The native doctor, according to the Police Commissioner, told the businessmen that they needed some human parts to do some rituals and he introduced them to the cemetery attendant who had free access to graves.

Akaya added that the cemetery attendant was paid N1,000 and he took them along, to dig a grave where they succeeded in removing some parts of the corpse’s body before police detectives swooped in on them.
But the businessmen told Daily Sun that the native doctor took them to the cemetery to bathe them so that the ways of making money in their business would be opened.

The cemetery attendant said that the businessmen offered him palmwine to drink, so he did not collect much money from them.

The commissioner of police said that this might not be the first transaction between the attandant and the native doctor, adding that he had already directed detectives to carry out a detailed investigation into the matter in order to determine their involvement ahead of their possible prosecution.

Those things that were recovered from them were human bones, what looked like spinal cord of the unidentified corpse, two shovels, a bucket, a digger, knife and some charms.

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